AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement in response to events in Ferguson, Missouri:
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Michael Brown, the teenager who was recently killed in Ferguson, Missouri. His death and the anguish of the Ferguson community have rightfully become a national story. Despite the tragedy, there is also an opportunity to have an important discussion about issues that we have long neglected in this country. This conversation can only be had if cooler heads prevail. We are a nation that still remains segregated by race and class and tragedies like this highlight those divisions. It is encouraging that the Justice Department and FBI are closely investigating this incident so that the community of Ferguson is served.